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Bob Brookover: The price to acquire Cole Hamels from the Phillies should be steep

When the July 31 trade deadline passed without the Phillies making a single move last season, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. was openly ridiculed. He was accused by rival executives of asking too much for his players, a charge he vehemently denied. "We were not looking for exorbitant paybacks," Amaro said. "We were looking for players that would help us, but I think we were very reasonable in the discussions that we had. Frankly, I don't think the clubs were aggressive enough for the talent we have on our club." It's impossible to know exactly what the Phillies were asking for each individual player and it does not matter now. Amaro's statement, however,...

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